‘Ian Brown is stopping Stone Roses reunion’

Mani says the rest of the band members are up for it

Former Stone Roses bassist Mani has said that the band would have reformed if frontman Ian Brown wasn’t against the idea.

The bassist, now playing with Primal Scream, revealed that guitarist John Squire, drummer Reni and himself would be up for a reunion.

Speaking to BBC News, Mani explained: “I spoke to John and Reni about it a few years ago and they said they’d love to do it at some point in time, but Ian Brown seems dead set against it.

“If he changes his mind then we’ll probably do it, but then I’ll be back to Primal Scream after the one year of doing it.”

The bassist continued to stress his total commitment to his current band, saying: “I think it’s quite disrespectful to talk about The Stone Roses reforming when I’m having such a great time with the Scream.”

The Stone Roses split up in 1996 following their badly-received 1994 album ‘The Second Coming’, and Squire‘s subsequent departure in 1995.

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